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In the Neighborhood
Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner brings his staff back in neighborhoods to help those with traffic issues. In the neighborhood is first come-first served. We’ve included early sign-up details this year, because we often exceed our maximum number before the official start time.

In the Neighborhood 2020 Schedule

  Come early. Sessions fill up quickly.

 Location Date
No. Served / Starting Time
Collinwood Rec. Center
16300 Lakeshore Blvd. 44110 
 Thursday, April 9th   
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
The Word Church (Vernon Center)
18909 S. Miles Rd. 44128
 Thursday, April 23rd
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
2nd Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
12017 Emery Ave. 44135
 Thursday, May 7th
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
Holy Trinity Baptist Church
3808 East 131st St. 44120
 Thursday, May 21st
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
La Sagrada Familia
7719 Detroit Ave. 44102
 Thursday, June 4th
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
Open Door Baptist Church
8512 Woodland Ave. 44104
 Thursday, June 11th
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
St. Rocco Catholic Church
3205 Fulton Rd. 44109
 Thursday, June 18th
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
Tri-C / Thornton Center
2500 East 22nd St. 44115
 Thursday, July 9th
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
Greater Friendship Baptist Church
12305 Arlington Ave. 44115
 Thursday, July 23rd
 (sign up @ 9AM)
 1st 100 at 1 p.m.
At our visits “In the Neighborhood”, we can now schedule people for court appearances in 13 Suburban Courts without fear of being put in jail. Get a payment plan or a new court date for old traffic or misdemeanor warrants in Cleveland and these suburbs; Bedford, Berea, Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Lyndhurst, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and Woodmere.

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You can also meet with: a Public Defender (to review your case), Staff from Child Support, Juvenile Court, Health Care or job placement.

What is “In the Neighborhood”

“In the Neighborhood” is a Community Outreach program of Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner,  in response to what he has heard for years on the streets: It’s really hard for many people in Cleveland to get downtown to take care of their legal matters. Either the logistical problems of taking off time from work, the cost of parking downtown, or the fear of getting arrested keeps many people from settling old traffic, parking tickets or photo enforcement tickets. Also, many people can feel overwhelmed by back fines, and decide to just lay low and try to stay out sight from police.  Old fines can block them from jobs, and keep them from participating fully in our Community.  

 “In the Neighborhood” brings the Clerk’s staff right where people live, and offers them a chance to address their issues.
We do not arrest anyone.
The staff can put people into a payment plan or assign them a new Court date.  Most “In the Neighborhood” visits have been in churches or recreation centers, but we have also set up in parking lots, vacant lots, and sidewalks around the city.
With current technology, we can set up laptop computers anywhere, and connect our staff to our court system.

We also can tell people about programs at the Clerk’s office that can improve their quality of life, like Trusteeship, which prevents garnishment; or Rent Deposit, which allows tenants to legally withhold rent from negligent landlords.

What we need from the facilities that host us are:
     -A room that can seat approximately 100 people, with chairs for them.
     -3 six-foot rectangle tables for our staff.
     - At least 2 A/C electrical outlets.
     -Wi-Fi password, if Wi-Fi is available. If not, we have our own Wi-Fi units. 

For questions or more information, contact:

Obie Shelton
Public Information Officer
Cleveland Municipal Clerk of Courts office
(216) 664-6106
sheltono@clevelandmunicipalcourt.org

 

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